Once Saab, always Saab! From the 99 to the 9-3 convertible - a completely satisfied Saab story. When I was faced with the decision to buy a slightly larger and faster car in 1979, I was initially at a loss. The premium brands from Germany did not affect me, because until then I had always used my automobiles from the 58 Beetle to a Bulli T1, Bulli T2 and Golf and bought them cheaply (which corresponded to my financial possibilities at the time).
An acquaintance at the time drew my attention to the fact that a questionnaire was printed in the FAZ that analyzed which car would go with one. My result was: Saab. At that time I still thought it was a Czech make, then I did some research and asked a Saab dealer in Freiburg about used cars.
I went out with a Saab 99, five-door with double carburetors in "nesquick brown". The car was a stunner. Spacious, quiet, sporty to drive and wonderful for long distances. The fact that the double carburetor always forced you to go into the workshop was manageable - the pleasant aspects outweighed by far.
But this piece of jewelry was getting on in years and was more susceptible to repair, so I parted with it with a heavy heart and bought a used “Ikea” Saab 80 (“Ikea drives Saab”) in white at the end of the 900s.
In the 90s a Saab 9000i CC followed in blue, then a metallic green 9000 CS, both vehicles that I was very satisfied with and that strengthened my bond with the brand. An unused leasing vehicle in my company then forced me to take over a Mercedes C-Class for a year - no comparison.
Not only that the automatic immobilizer made every start a tremendous game, the space, comfort and road holding were far behind my Saab-spoiled demands.
At the first opportunity in 1997, relieved again to my brand and a new 9-5 in blue. A new limousine driving experience, even quieter and more powerfully motorized, it lay steadfastly safe on the road at any speed. In the infancy of mobile communications equipped with a hands-free system, which was probably responsible for a number of interruptions in the ignition at full speed, I remained a satisfied Saab customer and had four more Saab 2009-9 follow up until 5, including a Sportcombi 3.0 TiD.
Apart from problems with the ignition box, which made me stumble twice abroad - but could be resolved relatively quickly thanks to the friendliest Saab workshops, I was completely convinced of all the characteristics of the brand and the driving comfort. In the meantime, two of my best friends had taken a liking to the brand from Trollhättan.
My dealer at the time said when I wanted to drive a convertible: One time 9-5 - always 9-5! Nevertheless, on the occasion of a workshop visit, he gave me a 9-3 convertible for one day - I immediately had a lot of fun with this car.
Due to the somewhat limited suitability for families, I had to postpone this request until 2008 and in April 2009 I received my 9-3 convertible in iceblue-metallic.
In the middle of GM's decision to turn the tap on Saab, I was still happy about the fulfillment of my long-awaited wish and can now say a good 10 years later that the convertible is the best Saab I have ever had. A new battery and otherwise breakdown-free 190.000 km (I know that this actually counts as an annual car) and lots of enjoyable trips, where the Saab convertible drivers seem to greet each other more again.
The former Saab workshop no longer exists, but a free workshop in which Saab experience and manpower is available, but which does not have to carry out more than the inspections and wear repairs. I'll drive this car as long as I can - the fleet has now been expanded to include a converted T6 Bulli, so the following applies:
Holidays in the Bulli, all other trips in the incomparable Saab convertible!
Text and image: Michael Broda